BLACKSBURG, Va. — Another trip to Virginia for an NCAA regional, another ticket punched to a super regional.
Oklahoma rallied, then pulled away from host Virginia Tech on a muggy Sunday night for a 10-4 win that was in doubt until a cathartic final inning.
The Sooners (43-19) will travel to LSU for a best-of-3 super regional with a berth to the College World Series on the line.
It took an impressive throw from center fielder Max White, a dozen singles, a hit-and-run double, a pair of sacrifice bunts that went for run-scoring hits — and an observance of superstition — to lead Oklahoma to victory.
But before the Sooners' narrative gets too far ahead, it is important to know how they came from behind.
Virginia Tech converted the momentum of defeating Connecticut earlier in the day into a 2-0 lead through five innings against the Sooners. Along the way, Hokies starter Eddie Campbell was dominant, facing one batter over the minimum.
That came to a jolting halt in the sixth, when the Campbell's fastball faded and the Sooners began sitting on his curve. Oklahoma cobbled together five singles, a hit batsman and a fielder's choice to turn the two-run deficit into a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, White delivered the play that would launch Oklahoma on the path to victory. With runners on second and third and two outs, Hokie batter Chad Morgan sent a line drive single to center seemingly deep enough to drive in both runners and tie the score.
But White charged the ball and came up firing to nail Andrew Rash at the plate and Oklahoma escaped with a 4-3 lead.